The not-so-cricket-friendly weather of England is responsible for the washout of four matches in the World Cup 2019 so far.
The rainy climate is dampening the spirits of cricket enthusiasts who travel far and wide from across the globe to witness the cricket’s biggest tournament.
On coming Sunday, the Asian rivals Pakistan and India will take on each other at Old Trafford in Manchester. However, from the looks of the heavy skies looming over the city, this much-awaited clash of the season may be threatened by the force of nature.
Like many cricket lovers on Twitter, former Pakistani speedster Shoaib Akhtar also shared a hilarious picture that depicts a humorous scenario.
The picture shows both Virat Kohli and Sarfaraz Ahmed deep in water and the Pakistani skipper being chased by a shark as the commentators are having a good time on the boat far behind.
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 14, 2019
Meanwhile, the ICC have cleared in their statement that it will be a logistical mayhem to keep reserve days for games in the league stage.
“Factoring in a reserve day for every match at the World Cup would significantly increase the length of the tournament and practically would be extremely complex to deliver,” ICC Chief Executive David Richardson recently said in a statement.
“It would impact pitch preparation, team recovery and travel days, accommodation and venue availability, tournament staffing, volunteer and match officials’ availability, broadcast logistics and very importantly, the spectators who in some instances travel hours to be at the game. There is also no guarantee that the reserve day would be free from rain either.
“Up to 1,200 people are on site to deliver a match and everything associated with it, including getting it broadcast, and a proportion of them are moving around the country. So reserve days in the group stages would require a significant uplift in the number of staff,” he added.